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Unlike Lara Croft, I wasn’t a born marksman (or markswoman, if you like). After 100s of YouTube videos, a few training classes, and several thousand rounds downrange, I’ve made great progress with my pistol shooting. And, although I’m still making improvements on that front, where I’m completely behind is in my long range skill.

Beginners Guide to Precision Shooting: Zeroing Parallax

Beginners Guide to Precision Shooting: Zeroing ParallaxUnlike Lara Croft, I wasn’t a born marksman (or markswoman, if you like). After 100s of YouTube videos, a few training classes, and several thousand rounds downrange, I’ve made great progress with my pistol shooting. And, although I’m still making improvements on that front, where I’m completely behind is in my long range skill. To my great fortune, I recently met the firearms instructors from In Extremis Consulting Group , who offered to introduce me to some precision rifle techniques—beginning with zeroing parallax. Body Position To get started, Austin, former US Army sniper, and In Extremis firearms instructor, had me “tee up” on the rifle (in this case, a beautiful American Precision Arms, chambered in .308 Win, and topped with a Schmidt & Bender scope), approaching it with a squared “gun fighter” stance. I stood perpendicular to the rifle with my feet just over a shoulder-length apart, and my right shoulder lined up with the rifle’s stock. and tried to maintain the same alignment as I dropped into prone (that is, on my stomach on the ground). For a little extra stability, I spread my high tops a little more, and moved up to shoulder the rifle. With the rifle tucked into my shoulder, and my cheek weld established, I applied forward pressure on the rifle—what Austin calls “pre-loading the bipod.” To maintain stability while making minute adjustments, Austin had me use a rear bag. With that tucked under the buttstock of the rifle, I only needed to slightly alter my pressure on the bag in order to make precise adjustments to the rifle’s position. Once I established my sight picture with both the rifle and my body stably positioned, I was ready to start zeroing parallax. Zeroing Parallax Parallax focus. Image courtesy of wikipedia.org. The first component of zeroing parallax was simply to look down the scope and adjust it until my target was in focus. Next, I had to make note of the “eye box” of my scope (when using telescopic sights, one’s field of vision is limited; the window of magnified field of view through telescopic sights is called the “eye box”). When moving my head slightly from side to side, the target remained in clear focus, but the reticle appeared to shift. I continued making tiny adjustments to the focus until the scope’s reticle appeared stationary, even when looking from side to side in my field of view. Presto! Zeroing parallax complete. With the scope parallax zeroed, I can remove the variable of not having my sight aligned *just so* within the eye box. I’m not about to head off to begin tomb raiding… but learning techniques like this puts me one step further down the road of my marksmanship journey.

DI Optical RV1 Review

DI Optical RV1 Review

Red dot sights are simple machines. I have thought that for years… yet the cost of a red dot can range from $20 bucks all the way to $800 dollars. That’s a huge price variance. The tech is not rocket science, yet we still pay out the nose to get a “combat grade” optic. The typical names that spring up when discussing a quality dot are Aimpoint, Aimpoint, and Aimpoint. We know that Aimpoint makes a quality product, but they are not the only game in town… yet they are the most often recommended for a fighting rifle by far. Do we really need to drop $400 to get a decent product? I can buy far more complex machines for $400 dollars with far more moving parts made to high standards of quality… yet a “fit for fighting” Aimpoint with just a handful of moving parts and a small electronics package manages to rip that cash out of my pocket for their cheapest base model… I don’t like it. So I began to explore options. I have been looking at mid-tier options for the average man for a few years now. We all want quality gear at a budget. The key is finding the balance between budget and quality that could displace Aimpoint as the only relevant option for the prepared citizen. DI Optical: First world nations overseas have their own optical firms. Japan has a large industry of sport optic manufacturers stemming form their first world quality control and savvy technical manufacturing sector. Korea is another country with first-rate manufacturing and they too need to equip their military with hard use components. DI Optical has been providing the South Korean military with their own brand of optical sighting devices, which appear to primarily center on red dot optics. This brand is fairly new to our shores, and I had contacted DI Optical for possible review but never heard back. I put it on my want list and the day came where I could finally plunk down the $229 for the DIO RV1. The RV1 is the Americanized version of the Korean T3N red dot sight. I find it to be a bit sleeker and more aesthetically pleasing than the T3N, and I am happy with the product changes for our marketplace. Let’s get started! The T3N in use on a Daewoo rifle in front of night vision. Construction: I am happy to report that my initial impressions are good. The optic is solid. This is a one piece optical body machined from a hunk of aluminum. The construction fits the definition of overbuilt. It tips the scales at 14 oz which is a move away from the market trend of the popular “micro” red dot form factor. While it may be behind the trend’s of today’s red dot marketplace… something that never goes out of style is a product that is overbuilt and made to last. DIO appears to have given us the brick poop-house optic of our budget dreams. The dials are solid, the caps tighten down with a satisfying feeling, and the mount continues the design philosophy of “build it tough.” The mount can also be substituted for ARMS #17 style mounts which cover a few products such as cantilevers and spacers. Overall construction is exceptional. Solid construction throughout. Excellent first impression out of the box. Electronics: The optic features four night vision settings and seven daylight visible settings. I don’t have night vision to test the feature so we must omit this. The daylight settings are useable in all conditions and running the RDS on HIGH gives me no worries about brightness or washout in full daylight. The dot is 2 MOA and is crisp. The lens tint is not a significant worry as it is on the edge of barely noticeable. A single low mounted AA battery powers the optic for a reported 20k hours at a medium setting. This is an important step in the future of red dots, as even cheaper Chinese imports are sporting greater run times. DI Optical’s electronics package running with always-on operation that lasts almost 2.5 years is a decent run time for a combat grade optic. The emitter is visible at the 10 o’clock position. When the optic is mounted further out than this picture, the emitter is not visible. Where it is positioned on my rifle the emitter was not visible as in this photo. In use: The RV1 mounted without issue and did not mar the upper receiver’s finish. The bolt which the knob tightens against forms a recoil lug which prevents the mount from shifting under recoil. The mount is a simple clamp type mechanism with a coin slot to tighten the optic down on to the rail. The package raises the optic to a lower third co-witness. There is no way to position the optic for absolute co-witness. The windage caps are tethered together so they won’t get lost. The W/E adjustments feature a coin slot for adjustment. The first issue many shooters will encounter that is worthy of complaint is the optic has 1 MOA adjustments. This is rather gross for most shooters as we have grown accustom to 1/2 minute adjustments. In practice it wasn’t the biggest issue. At worst you will always be 1/2 a minute off a “perfect” zero, and for a red dot this should be sufficient for shots out to 400 yards on a man sized target. At short and intermediate ranges, your performance as a shooter along with your ammunition selection will have far more of an impact on your ability to hit the target than having the optic off by 1/2 a minute. The optic is reported to be sealed and impact resistant. I filmed it getting impacted and soaked. The quality of the video is low as I had a difficult time getting it to finalize with any degree of quality so please excuse the small parts of the video. Wrapping Up: In all the optic has taken my limited testing in stride. Performance is almost on par with a CompM4 from my standpoint as the RV1 has proven to be tough, optically clear, and offers good battery life which is 1/4 the ability of the Aimpoint product. The optic has been on in my gunsafe since I purchased it and it has my confidence as a quality piece of equipment. No signs of rust have presented in the mounting hardware, and overall the package running at $229 dollars is a steal for a optic that gives a shooter confidence. The optic also comes with some rather robust flip covers which I omitted in the photos. The spec sheet below should answer any questions I did not cover in the review. The RV1 appears to be squared away. I recommend it to shooters who want a duty grade optic on a budget who don’t mind the weight and size penalty. Also, if you are OCD about your zero… this optic might not be for you. If any readers have a RV1 please pipe in below and if you have had one break… I and all my readers want to hear about it and also let us know the customer service response from DI Optical USA. It is important that a company take care of customers as any product can fail… and we want companies to stand behind products if they send out a lemon. My contact with them has been limited and I haven’t found any negative customer experiences with the RV1 thus far. This optic was purchased with my own hard money and DI Optical had no contact with me to solicit or support this review. √ Budget Priced √ Conforms to Mil-STD 810G √ Solid construction √ ARMS #17 compatible mount X 1 MOA adjustments X 14 Oz Weight Share: Google Twitter Facebook Pinterest Reddit More Tumblr LinkedIn Pocket Email Print

Most Powerful Handgun in the World A Shot at the Top

Most Powerful Handgun in the World  A Shot at the Top

To keep and bear arms is the right to defend yourself, they say. These handguns reinforce that principle. However, they are not reduced in design only to incapacitate or kill. They do so with impressive force, one to be reckoned with. It’s all about breaking records. So what is the most powerful handgun in the world? To that extent, we created a bulletproof list of top ten most powerful handguns. Get locked and loaded, and stick to the end of this coronation ceremony. What is the most powerful handgun out there? 1. The Smith &; Wesson .44 Magnum ‘A man’s got to know his limitations’ , but this gun does not. A hand cannon in the right hands, the .44 Remington Magnum first hit the stage in the 1970s. It was launched into instant fame by Dirty Harry , the vigilante cop played by Clint Eastwood. In the movie series, it was the only partner to keep up the pace with rule-bender Inspector Callahan in scrubbing the streets clean of criminals. The most powerful handgun out there, the Magnum. A bullet-spitting monster whose accompanying equipment, the shoulder slings and bipods only attest to its power. This gun fires big and fast enough bullets. It would be better suited for game up to elk and even elephant size than proper police weaponry. For some, simple ownership of this large caliber handgun is enough. Particularly since shooting it may prove a little bit of a strain on the hands. Unless, of course, your name is Dirty Harry. 2. The Desert Eagle .50 Caliber It’s known for chambering the largest cartridge of any gas-operated, semi-automatic handgun. "The Desert Eagle" is about as powerful as a self-loading pistol can get. This most powerful handgun holds a unique design with a huge muzzle and a triangular barrel. It can fire up to 7 rounds of .50 A.E ammunition. Furthermore, the bullet exit is protected from too much wear and tear by a special technique used in the bore. With great size comes high recoil. As such, the Desert Eagle is said to be much better suited for the outdoor than close-range shooting or home defense setting. Developed by Magnum Research and refined by Israeli Military Industries which also produced the similar Jericho 941, or Baby Eagle, the handgun blasted the market in the 1980s. The echoes ring to this day. It was developed by Magnum Research and refined by "Israeli Military Industries" . They also were the ones behind the similar Jericho 941, or Baby Eagle. The Magnum handgun blasted the market in the 1980s. The echoes are heard to this day. Hollywood marketed it in motion pictures like Predator, Snatch, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Deadpool . Still, the Desert Eagle punched holes even in video games like Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Call of Duty and Far Cry. 3. The Linebaugh .500 Wyoming-based gunsmith John Linebaugh had been searching all his life for the most powerful cartridge. He first took his shot at converting Ruger and Seville sixguns into five-shooters. While that proved successful, it was the .500 Linebaugh that hit the target. 40 years later, Linebaugh’s signature gun is still a big shot. It’s now claiming the title for one of the most powerful handgun cartridges, pushing heavy bullets at tremendous speed. The firearm can launch a 29g bullet at a velocity of 400 m/s while generating 2.240J of energy. Initially, the design was for a hunting cartridge. However, you can also use the .500 Linebaugh as a backup arm in the wilderness of Alaska, where large bears roam. It still remains the ultimate portable weaponry easily packable. 4. The Colt Single Action Army Revolver Meet the ‘ Peacemaker ’, ‘ The Gun that Won the West ’, the ‘ Great Equalizer ’, the Colt SAAA . No other gun bears as many names and as much history as this famous piece of Americana. Here’s the rugged and robust single-action Colt Army Revolver. A requisition of the US Army by Samuel Colt, it became standard military service revolver until 1892. The Colt SAA has remained faithful to its original face. The solid frame, the case hardened finish, and the seven and a half barrel make it a polished beauty of the 19 th century. The manufacturer has interrupted production twice, but the Colt kept coming hard on the scene due to popular demand. It used to be a favorite among lawmen and outlaws alike. However, it’s since switched hands to cinema cowboys, re-enactors, and collectors. The word on the street is that God created all men, but Samuel Colt made them equal. 5. The Pfeifer-Zeliska Handgun It’s similar in loading and loosely inspired by the previously mentioned "Colt Single Action" cowboy gun. The Zeliska is one of the most powerful handguns out there, hurling a muzzle energy of 7.591-foot pounds in a display of brutal force. Not only that, but this handgun is a contender for the heavyweight category as well. It weighs an outstanding 6.001 kilograms/ 13.230 pounds. The cylinder alone tips the scales at more than 4 pounds and measures 55 centimeters/ 22in in length. Produced by Pfeifer firearms, this Austrian revolver looms so big, you might think it’s a Hollywood prop. Even more so with such added features as a hammer plated in gold, and cylinder pivot and action. Each .600 Nitro Express bullet costs nearly $40. 6. The Walther Pistols The Polizeipistole series of double action semi-automatic pistols was first developed by German arms manufacturer Walther for the European police force in the 1930s. It features a cool title and a stylishly simple design. Safety features like the automatic hammer block or the indicator pointing to a loaded chamber were innovations at the time, and sparked worldwide inspiration, prompting gun manufacturers to unload an assault of legendary firearms like the Hungarian FEG PA-63 , the Soviet Makarov , or the Argentinian Bersa thunder 380 . This handgun’s reliability and chameleonic design are its other much-appreciated features, and come packaged with an exposed hammer, a fixed barrel and a single column magazine. It’s certainly a contender for the title of most powerful handgun. While the recoil is high, the decoder assists in the safety drop, after you depress the hammer, so the Walther pistols are not only one of the most powerful handguns in the world, they’re also a universal match for any hand size out there. 7. The Tokarev If the Walther is Gestapo’s weapon of choice, the Tokarev was designed in the millions to arm the communist secret police, the European countries on the other side of the block and other Soviet satellite states like Pakistan and China. This handgun is the ultimate collectible, but since it was mass produced, it now sells on the surplus market at a price that is more than affordable. The bottleneck cartridge, which in fact is an upgraded Russian version of the 7.63x25mm Mauser, is less prone to jamming and has greater penetration. In tests, it proved to be armor-piercing and defeated lighter ballistic vests with ease, while also denting the sturdier Kevlar helmets. Although somewhat of a rugged relic, the Tokarev still remains a reliable pistol and one of the most powerful handguns in the world. 8. The Browning Hi-Power Pistol This state of the art handgun was commissioned to American firearms inventor John Browning by a sidearm service for The French Military, the Grande Puissance . Translated to ‘High Power’, the name stuck to the gun. It was, in fact, the last Browning designed. Among the requirements, the French asked for the arm to be compact, simple to re-assemble, capable of hitting a target at 50 meters, and endowed with a positive safety and magazine capacity of at least 10 rounds. This pretty much describes the Browning Hi-Power Pistol, certainly the most powerful handgun to fall in French hands. The name also gives testimony to the present 13-round magazine capacity. At the time of its conception, it was unrivaled and introduced in more than 50 countries. When the Belgians bought the patent, they unimaginatively renamed it P-35. 9. The M1911 Another Browning design, this 1911 pistol is the sweetheart of handguns, as much as a pistol can ever be loved. Going by the affectionate name ‘ The Yankee Fist ’, this single-action, semi-automatic, recoil operated pistol served a full 75 years in the line of fire as the standard-issue sidearm for the United States Armed Forces. Not only did the M1911 shoot its way to the top of the most steel-solid and powerful handguns in the world, but it was among the first to introduce the short recoil principle in the pre-WW1 USA. 10. The Smith & Wesson .500 firearm Some of the most powerful handguns in the world shoot above and beyond the requirements, and the Smith & Wesson .500 is there to claim the throne. If what you want is a display of sheer force and brutal power, and you’re still not convinced by our previous nine most powerful handguns, this .50-caliber has a deadly punch to do the trick. Its record-breaking power? The model .500 can fire a bullet weighing 350 gr. at 602 m/s with a generated muzzle energy of over 3.030 foot-pounds. Fired up yet? These are not your average firearms. They’re the most powerful handguns in the world, and should only be reserved for situations in which you either have to fight an apocalypse of zombies, defend yourself from the attack of a mad Revenant-epic grizzly bear or take down alien aircraft. Image sources: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10

7 Great Uses for a Backpacking Bucket

7 Great Uses for a Backpacking Bucket

A backpacking bucket can be an extremely versatile addition to your water system in an outdoor survival scenario. Many people might think that a collapsible bucket is an extra nicety and not worth the weight, but for a few ounces folded up to the size of a deck of cards you add a lot of capabilities that you just can’t get with water bottles.  Here are 7 great uses for a Backpacking Bucket: Quick Navigation 1. Save your Bottles 2. Filter Water 3. Collect Water 4. Bathe 5. Laundry 6. Dishes 7. Fire Get Heavy Duty 1. Save your Bottles Your Bug Out Bag may only have a few water bottles. If you use your water bottle before and after filtering obviously some of the non-filtered water will be in your bottle. It might only take a drop of water with bacteria to make you sick. Why take the risk? Save your bottles for drinking water only.  (Carry Collapsible Water Bottles for backup or a Nalgene water bottle) 2. Filter Water Instead of sticking your water filter straight into a lake, pond, or puddle just use your collapsible backpacking bucket to dip water off the top without stirring up mud or silt. You can let the water settle back at camp and run only the cleanest possible water through your filter to save wear. (Further protect your filtration system with coffee filters ) 3. Collect Water Stick it under the edge of a tent, tarp, or any other water runoff and collect water over time. Obviously this is going to much easier with the wide mouth of the bucket than a small water bottle, and it won’t tie up one of your clean water bottles. 4. Bathe The same principle as filtering your water, how clean will you really feel bathing out of a pond or puddle? Fill up your collapsible bucket , let the water settle, and bathe at camp. Maybe even dump in some hot water to the mix and make your clean up especially nice. This would be great for winter. 5. Laundry Fill your backpacking bucket with clean top water from your source and add soap. In a pond or stream if you use soap it is going to wash away pretty quickly, but not in your bucket. Again, adding hot water only makes things better. 6. Dishes Doing dishes in your camp out of a bucket is going to be a lot nicer than having to bend over a stream or pond the whole time. Once again: hot water possibilities. 7. Fire Having some extra water around in case your fire gets out of hand is always a good idea. You can’t just go wasting important drinking water on burning brush. "Get Heavy Duty" Some collapsible buckets have plastic rings around the top and bottom, they are usually cheaper but will not collapse as small because the rim isn’t supposed to bend. Spend a few extra bucks and get a sturdy one (think heavy duty dry bag) that doesn’t require rings and will fold up small. Other interesting articles: Use Coffee Filters to Extend the Life of Your Water Filtration System The Platypus Collapsible Water Bottle The Easiest 100 Gallons of Emergency Water Storage DIY: Five Gallon Bucket Washing Machine

5.11 Tactical Rush 72 backpack review

Click Here for the Lowest Price The 5.11 Tactical Rush 72 is a versatile, rugged backpack that is designed to be a full-featured 72 hour tactical bag. Among the Rush line, which is their flagship backpack line, the 72 ranks as one of our favorites in our Best Tactical Backpacks and Best Bug Out Bags articles. Not only does it look pretty cool, it comes with some amazing features as well. With a large stuff-it pocket and excellent internal organizational pockets it makes stowing your great easy. It also has strategic pockets for your different gear and helps keep it all organized. We also liked the 5.11 Tactical Rush 24, which is a smaller version of the 72.  They both are very popular and have created quite the buzz with their fans. The pack is available in 7 different colors depending of your preference. Although the primary usage of tactical backpacks comes from law enforcement, medical personnel & military personnel, they are becoming more popular among the civilian world. From preppers to hikers, the need for a quality tactical backpack is rising. Overview The 5.11 brand has been around since 2003 and has quickly made itself well known. The Irvine, California based company and blown up to a $300 million dollar company. 5.11 specializes in tactical gear and has a solid reputation of making solid gear. 5.11 makes all things tactical including; apparel, knives, footwear, bags and packs, and other accessories. Founded by professional mountain climber Royal Robbins, the brand is hardcore. The name 5.11 was comes from the hardest level of rock climbing ever.  5.11 makes multiples tactical packs but the Rush 72 is one of the more popular. 5.11 focuses on quality products that are used frequently by first respondents, military personnel, and first responders. Their gear has become very popular among the civilian world as well. The Rush 72, just like the name says is designed to be a full featured 72 hour tactical bag. You should be able to pack all of your gear needed for a 72 hour adventure or operation, this includes food, water, clothes, and any other essential gear you need. Specialized pockets make it easy to store all of your gear with easy access. The pack is rugged and durable but still has the capability of being a useful pack in tactical situations with ample amounts of storage and accessibility. The MOLLE / TacTec webbing system makes adding bags or accessories extremely convenient for longer trips. Although the intended operation length is 72 hours, adding accessories or bags can easily extend it to the duration you need it to be.  Ideal for recreational use or as an operational bug out bag. Specifications This pack is loaded with cool features and advanced specifications. Capacity is 3342 cubic inch or 55 liter. 21″ by 13.5″ hydration pocket. Rugged, self-healing YKK zipper hardware. Generous Molle/ TacTec System Compatible web platform. Dual-zippered front and main compartments with molded grip pulls.   Integrated drainage grommet. Clinching waist strap and dual compression straps. Admin organization pocket to store maps, pens, and other documents.  Closed cell back padding for extra comfort. Adjustable dual density closed-cell foam shoulder straps. Contour yoke system with grab and go handle.  Highly resilient, water repellent 1000D nylon construction. What we like Some things that stood out was the overall usability. You really could take this pack out in any weather and any situation and be totally fine.  It seems the folks at 5.11 thought of just about everything you would need in a tactical pack. We like the large pocket up front and feel the pack is ideal for a 72 hour excursion. The pack features many useful pockets with even a fleece lined pocked for your sunglasses. The pack is durable and is waterproof and looks pretty sweet as well. When checking out other reviews, this are some of the key points people had to say: “ Customizable molle webbing. Versatile pack can be used in multiple situations. Built like a tank with plenty of storage. Even thought the pack is imported the general consensus is that is it extremely well made.” “Favorite product I own, most useful, most versatile, it does everything I need a backpack to, and that’s a big deal since I’ve went through over a dozen in the last 2 years”. Sounds like the overall consensus amount users is that this pack is awesome, does everything you need it to, and is very high quality. What we don’t like Our only complaint is that 5.11 doesn’t make accessories for every color of backpack. Conclusion We think pretty highly of this pack and so do many other customers. If you want a tactical backpack with multiples uses, durability, and ample storage, you can’t go wrong. The fact that so many military personnel and first responders rely heavily on this pack makes it a great choice. The price is a great value for what you get. If you are looking for the best “bug out” backpack in the world, you have found it the Rush 72. Click Here for the Lowest Price

Best Mossberg 500 Rails of 2020 (Tri, Quad, Picatinny, & More)

Finding the best Mossberg 500 rail is not an easy task. If you don’t know which is best for your shotgun, you’re not alone. There are a lot of Mossberg 500 owners who are probably looking for a rail of their own. These products come in all kinds of styles and are often used for aesthetics. You can also use them to add on other accessories designed to make your shotgun perform a lot better. In this article, we’re going to go over ten of the best Mossberg 500 rails that we’ve handpicked for your search. We believe that, as of this writing, they are the best on the market. Your search will probably end here if you come across a rail that you consider a possible choice. At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Mossberg 500 Rails OUR TOP PICK: UTG Top Rail Mount Ergo Grip Tri Rail Shot Gun Forend Monstrum Tactical Picatinny Rail Black Aces Tactical Quad Rail ERGO KeyMod Tri Rail Comparison of the Best Mossberg 500 Rails IMAGE PRODUCT Our Top Pick UTG "Top Rail Mount" Easy to Install 5.5 Inches in Length Best Overall Mossberg 500 Option View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews Ergo Grip "Tri Rail Shot" Gun Forend Light in Weight Machined From High-Quality Aluminum Fits Most Mossberg 500 and 590 Shotguns "View Latest Price" → "Read Customer Reviews" Monstrum "Tactical Picatinny Rail" Made of Aluminum for Durability A Picatinny Style That Fits Mossberg 500 and 590 Shotguns Can Accommodate Picatinny or Weaver Compatible Accessories View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews "Black Aces Tactical" Quad Rail Fits Accessories Without Issue "Fits Most Mossberg" 500 and 590 Shotguns Crafted from 6061-T6 Aluminum for Maximum Durability View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews ERGO KeyMod Tri Rail Constructed of High-Quality Aluminum Rails Located at the 3, 6, and 9 O’clock Positions Black Anodized Hard Coat Finish for Added Durability View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews AIM Sports Inc M-Lok Modular Rail Best for Tactical Purposes Wide Ejection Port Opening Drilled and Tapped for Bead Sights View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews TacStar Tactical Railmount with Slimline Sidesaddle Includes a Six-Round Side Saddle Anodized Black, Non-Reflective Finish Fits Mossberg 500 and 590 Shotguns View Latest Price Read Customer Reviews Weaver No-Gunsmith Converta Shotgun Mount Best Weaver Offering Multiple Slotted Bases for Additional Accessories Constructed of Super Durable Polymer That Can Withstand Extreme Temperatures View Latest PriceRead Customer Reviews LIRISY Mossberg Picatinny Rail Mount Low Profile Fits on Almost All Mossberg 500 and 590 Shotguns Can Fit Any Picatinny or Weaver Accessories and Scopes View Latest Price → Read Customer Reviews Sun Optics Shotgun Saddle Scope Mounts Best 20-Gauge Offering Smooth Satin Black Finish Constructed of High-Quality Aluminum Check Latest Price→ Read Customer Picatinny vs. Weaver Rails There are two kinds of gun rails: Picatinnys and Weavers. These are accessories typically found on shotguns and rails. One thing you’ll probably notice is that the profiles look almost identical to each other. But make no mistake, they both have distinct differences. To know more about them, let’s break down what each is and how they differ from each other. Features Let’s take a look at the recoil grooves of a Picatinny rail. The grooves are typically measured at .206” in width and are measured at approximately .394” in center-to-center width. A Picatinny is more of a military-style rail. In fact, in the mid-1990s, the military began utilizing Picatinny rails for the use on their guns. The groove measurements of a Weaver rail will be .180” in width. However, the center-to-center width measurements are inconsistent. One Weaver’s measurement can differ from another. It is for this reason that the Weaver is not considered to be an interchangeable rail. Source Pros and Cons So what are the pros and cons of each type? The Picatinny rail will fit accessories like scopes that are compatible with the rail itself. Obviously, the major con is that it won’t fit accessories that are designed for the Weaver rail. Likewise, the same can be said about the Weaver rails. Accessories designed for the Weaver will fit on the rail, but won’t take on Picatinny accessories. This should be something to remember as you are installing a scope or anything else on your Mossberg 500. A Picatinny rail may also throw off your scope’s aim. More specifically, this is due to the lack of windage adjustment. Another disadvantage of the Picatinny is the weight, despite the fact that most manufacturers sell lightweight versions of the rail itself. Weaver rails have a disadvantage of the slots being irregularly placed. This will make the installation of a one-piece rail a challenge. This is not overly surprising, considering that the center to center measurements and the groove measurements are a little smaller than that of the Picatinny. How to Choose a New Rail For Your Mossberg 500 Of course, grabbing a rail for a Mossberg 500 off the shelf or hitting the "buy now" button may seem like a tempting option to get it out of the way. But this isn't the smart thing to do when choosing a new rail. The reason is that low quality, cheap products are flooding the market. It would take a little time and a bit of detective work to make a final decision on which is best for you. In order to know what to choose in a rail, there is no one better to tell you than the past buyers themselves. Here are a few things that they recommend for you to look at: Picatinny or Weaver Some like a Picatinny rail. Others like a Weaver rail. If you're a first-time buyer, this may be something that will put you in an indecisive position. However, if you have a scope or any kind of accessory for your Mossberg, then the choice may be easy enough. See if your accessory is compatible with either of the two rails or both. Material We always place quality as a high priority when it comes to looking for a new accessory for guns. The reason is that we want it to last a long time. The last thing you want to do is throw money out the window because you bought rails that keep breaking. The important thing is to look for products made from high-quality materials. These materials include, but are not limited to, aluminum, steel, and polymer. Installation Process The installation process for most of these should be easy enough. You’ll need to find a rail for your Mossberg 500 that will be easy to install and won’t require you to employ the services of a professional gunsmith. As mentioned before, the one piece Weaver rails may be a bit of a challenge to install because of the groove measurements. Quick Take - The Best Mossberg 500 Rails These are our recommendations for the best Mossberg 500 rails: UTG Top Rail Mount Ergo Grip Tri Rail Shot Gun Forend Monstrum Tactical Picatinny Rail Review of the Best Mossberg 500 Rails The following is a list of ten Mossberg 500 rails that are currently considered the best on the market. It’s important that you read through each one of these carefully. The reason we say this is because if you’re serious about finding a rail for your shotgun, you’ll need to know if the features that come with it will benefit you and fulfill your personal needs and preferences. With that said, let’s begin with the first product we consider the best on the market: Best Overall: ​ UTG Top Rail Mount CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very Affordable for the Price it’s Going For Very Quick Installation, Only Takes About Five Minutes Some Users Say the Quality is Quite High in Comparison to Others on the Market Cons Some Have Complained About the Screws Not Lining Up Properly Some Users Had to Trim Down the Screws Because They May be a Little Longer than Expected Screws That Come with the Rail are Compatible with Mossbergs Made from 1998 and Beyond. Older Models Won’t be Compatible We first begin with the UTG Top Rail Mount. We chose this as the best overall for a few good reasons. First, this is an easy to install mount that is a Picatinny and Weaver style rail. So if you're looking for a rail you can use to install accessories, but don't want to deal with the headache of whether or not if the accessory itself will fit, this is probably worth a further look. This is measured at 5.5 inches long and comes with screws for installation. These should be able to fit your Mossberg 500 easily and without any issue. It has rail slots designed to allow easy installation of accessories like scopes. This is also flexible for any eye relief adjustments needed to ensure that you can get a better view through your scope without dealing with any issues that can be caused by other products. If you're looking for an item that will reduce the number of headaches that would otherwise be caused by cheap, low-quality rails for your Mossberg 500, then the UTG Top Rail Mount is probably the best choice for you. Bottom Line The UTG Top Rail Mount is exactly what you'll need in a product that is considered the "best overall". The accessories will more or less be a perfect fit, regardless of whether they're designed for a Picatinny or Weaver rail. The versatility is impressive, to say the least. Since this is also easy to install, it would be hard to pass up on the opportunity to get this, if a simple installation is something you hold to a high standard. Also, if you have an older Mossberg, you have the option to consult with the manufacturer so they can send you the proper screws. This will save you a lot of time, money, and most importantly, the stress of installing this product on your Mossberg 500. Runner-up: Ergo Grip Tri Rail Shot Gun Forend CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Installation is Very Easy for Most Users Options for Additional Accessories That Fit With This Are Endless Available in Two Different Lengths. Take Proper Measurements Before Choosing the Correct Length Cons People Often Order the Wrong Length Installation May Be a Challenge for Some Next on the docket, we have the Ergo Grip Tri Rail Shotgun Forend. To begin, you'll notice that this is one tough customer of a rail. That's because it is constructed from high-quality 6061-T6 Aluminum. In plain English, this is going to be pretty durable and long-lasting. So if you're looking for a product that's probably going to be the last one you'll buy for a while, you might want to consider this one, in particular, as a possible option. This is an accessory that won't scratch your gun or ding it when you're not using it. This forend is compatible with most Mossberg 500 and 590 model shotguns. These come in two different lengths, so it’s important to take measurements of your currently existing foregrip prior to choosing the correct length. With that said, if you’re looking for something that will stick with you for the long run and will be able to fit a Mossberg shotgun of your choice, then you’ll probably want to consider the Ergo Grip Tri Rail Shotgun Forend. Bottom Line The Ergo Grip is hands down one of the best on the market. But why the runner-up honor? Well, while the installation is easy for most, it can be a challenge for some. Other than that, you can fit this on your Mossberg shotgun with the greatest of ease and fit any accessory you can possibly imagine. Scopes, flashlights, whatever else you can put on there, so long as it won’t weigh down the gun itself. Aside from that, this is a super strong rail that can set the stage for making your Mossberg look like a beast. Best For The Money: Monstrum Tactical Picatinny Rail CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Installs in Minutes Best Mossberg 500 Rail for the Money Made of Aircraft Grade Aluminum, Which is Super Durable Cons Some Users Have Had Issues Regarding the Screws May Need Different Screws if You Have an Older Mossberg Some of the Corners May Need Sanding if They Appear to be a Little Sharp Of course, if you're a Mossberg 500 owner who wants to add a rail to their shotgun but is more of a budget shopper, then we've got a product for you. And that's the Monstrum Tactical Picatinny Rail. This is constructed from lightweight aluminum that weighs almost an ounce-and-a-half and measures 5.4 inches long. The thing that stands out about this product is that it can accommodate Picatinny and Weaver accessories. So if you have a scope, a red dot sight, or any other accessory you want to install on your Mossberg shotgun, then you can fit it on this rail without any issue. Whether you have a Mossberg 500 or 590, this product will serve you well in the long run, should you decide to go with this. In fact, even if you have money to work with in finding a rail, you should not pass up the opportunity to look at this a little further. What is considered to be a budget rail can actually be the best one you'll find. Even though this is considered a Picatinny rail, shockingly enough it will fit accessories that are compatible with Weaver rails. So if you're having a hard time choosing a rail, you might want to go with the Monstrum Tactical. We'd also go so far to call this the best for first-time users. Bottom Line As expected, this product exceeded the expectations of pretty much any budget offering you’d find on the market. The ability of it handling Picatinny or Weaver rail-compatible accessories is what stuck out the most. Most importantly, this is a very tough product that can last you a pretty good while. This isn’t a “you get what you pay for” kind of rail. This is a “you get a lot more than you pay for” rail that allows you to add on any accessory you want to your shotgun. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot of money to play with, you’d be hard pressed to find anything else quite like this. Best Quad Rail: ​ Black Aces Tactical Quad Rail CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very Durable Easy to Install Still Tight and Secure After 200 Rounds Cons "Some Users Have" Found the Installation to Be a Little Challenging. Some Adjustments to the Screws or the Rail Itself May Be Necessary for a Perfect Fit Next on the list, we have the "Best Quad Rail" for the Mossberg shotgun from Black Aces. This is a tactical-style rail that will make your Mossberg 500 or 590 shotgun look like a rugged force to be reckoned with. This is not only the best for tactical situations, but you can also pair any accessory with it. If you have a Mossberg 500 or 590 shotgun for the use of home defense purposes, you'll probably need a rail like this, because you can add some other tactical style accessories to this without issue. Imagine converting a typical Mossberg shotgun into an intimidating machine that can be visually deterring to an attacker or home invader. This is constructed from high-quality aluminum, so, you’re going to have one durable rail on your hands. Overall, this is a great addition to the tactical style Mossberg shotguns. Bottom Line If you’re looking for a good quad rail for your Mossberg, this will probably be the one you’ll want. It has a rugged, tactical look that can fit pretty much any Mossberg shotgun. Despite being ideal for home defense, this can be used for just about any other purpose. Just add on the accessories of your choice and you should be good to go. Best Tri-Rail: ​ ERGO KeyMod Tri-Rail CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Install Easy to Add Accessories Super Durable All Around and Will Last You Quite a While Cons None Next, we have the ERGO KeyMod Tri-Rail. Why do they call it a tri-rail? Because you have keymod rails located in three different places. Picture it like a clock for a moment. You have rails located at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions respectively. These are designed for you to easily install any accessories you wish to make your Mossberg 500 a force to be reckoned with, both out in the field and out on the range. This is a low-profile, super durable rail that is constructed of high-quality aluminum. Not to be outdone, this is also finished with a black anodized hard coat for added durability. If you’re looking for a product that will allow you to add on multiple accessories, you’ll probably want to give the Ergo KeyMod Tri-Rail a closer look. Bottom Line The main thing that stood out with this product, of course, is the tri-rails themselves. While some rails have 13 slots for the accessories you need for your Mossberg, the tri-rail allows the accessories to be spread out and uncluttered (like you would probably see in a straight rail). With that said, this is a super durable rail that is designed for whatever purpose your Mossberg 500 serves. Plus, this will allow your gun to be a little more ergonomically-friendly. If that's something you look for in a rail, then the Ergo KeyMod Tri-Rail might be right for you. Best Tactical Rail: ​ AIM Sports Inc M- "Lok Modular Rail" CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very Easy to Install Allows for Easy and Fast Reloading If You Lack a Side Saddle, This Can Be Something to Use for Storing Extra Rounds Cons Some Users Have Complained About This Being Shipped With Some Hardware Missing If you're looking for a great tactical-style rail and haven't found the Black Aces rail to be as impressive, then you'll want to have a look at the AIM Sports Inc M-Lok Modular Rail. One of the things that stood out upon looking at this is the six shell holder that comes with it. If you don't have anything like a side saddle or a sling with shell compartments, this can be a good place to store any extra shots. This comes with a wide ejection port opening that will allow fast loading for your shotgun. Considering that you have this and the shell holder on top of that, the possibility of reloading your gun fast is more than likely. Another great thing about this is that it is an easy to install, bolt-on kind of rail. So if you don't have any gunsmithing skills, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Just tack this on your Mossberg 500 and you should be good to go. The good news is that this is compatible with most Mossbergs. So if you're looking to turn yours into a force of nature, then you might want to consider the AIM Sports M-Lok Modular Rail as a possible addition. Bottom Line The AIM Sports rail is probably the best-designed rail for tactical purposes. It's definitely designed for situations where you would likely need additional shots on hand (like in a self-defense situation), because you may miss your shot and only have one shell on you. That could spell danger. The fact that it allows you to hold up to six shells and has a very large ejection port opening to ensure fast loading is what makes this the best of the best among tactical offerings. If this is something that you consider to be your dream rail for a Mossberg 500, you'd be insane not to consider getting this. Best Picatinny Rail: ​ TacStar Tactical Railmount with Slimline Sidesaddle CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Easy to Install Excellent for Self-Defense Situations Fits Most Mossberg Shotguns Perfectly Cons Some "Have Complained About" the Side Saddle Being Too Tight Side Saddle Retention May Be Suspect. Shells May Fall Out After Shooting Next on the agenda is the TacStar Tactical Rail Mount. This is the best Picatinny option for the Mossberg 500 and there’s a good reason why that is. This has a built-in side saddle that will hold up to six additional shells. Add on any accessory designed for the Picatinny rail and you have a Mossberg 500 that is fully loaded in features and rounds and you’ll be ready to take on the big game targets or any prowler that dares to invade your home. This is made from polymer and is a durable piece to add on to your Mossberg 500 or 590 12 gauge shotgun. Best of all, this has a non-glare finish and will make your gun look just as sharp. If you’re looking for the best of the best in terms of Picatinny rails, you’ll be quite happy with TacStar Tactical rail mount if you choose to get it. Bottom Line The TacStar is not like any of the other Picatinny rails on the market. The fact that this has an added side saddle is what impressed us most. You’ll definitely want this on your Mossberg 500 shotgun if your intended use is home defense. Six extra shots ready to be quickly loaded is definitely a necessity in such a situation. Other than that, you’re looking at one of the best Picatinny options for a Mossberg 500 on the market. If you fancy yourself a fan of this kind of product, then you’re probably going to love the TacStar. Best Weaver Rail: Weaver No- "Gunsmith Converta Shotgun" Mount CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Installation is Very Simple "Best Weaver Rail" for a Mossberg 500 Can Securely Hold onto Attached Accessories Cons May Require Some Fitting Some Believe it’s Actually a Cheap Quality Rail Of course, we have those who fancy themselves to be fans of the Weaver rail. If you’re one of them, then we’ve got the just the product for you. This is an easy to install mount that won’t require any gunsmithing skills whatsoever (hence the “no gunsmith” in the name). This Weaver rail is designed to handle hunting scopes compatible with this type of rail. If you also want to add on things light red dot sights or lasers, while getting the best in overall eye relief, this might be the one worth looking at. One of the most impressive things about this product is the fact that it can handle just about any type of weather nature can muster. Whether you’re hunting in subzero temperatures or in the sweltering summer heat, this has the ability to withstand extreme temperatures. There’s nothing else quite like this and probably no other rail on the market can be able to handle such extreme cold or heat. This is made from polymer, making it a strong and durable rail that can withstand so many beatings. All in all, this is arguably one of the best Weaver rails on the market for a Mossberg 500. What better way to put this to the test than taking it out for a hunting trip? Bottom Line If you’re looking for an excellent rail, but would rather have it be a Weaver rail over a Picatinny, you might be quite happy with this one in particular. Despite some users having concerns over it being a cheap, low-quality rail, this has the makings of being your best friend out in the field or out on the range. The fact that it can withstand extreme temperatures is what makes this stand out a bit more. If you’re a hunter who wants a product that can handle the temperatures the same way that you do, then this might be the rail of choice for you. Best For 410: ​ LIRISY Mossberg "Picatinny Rail Mount" CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Can Hold Accessories Securely Super Sturdy and Easy to Install Fits Most Mossberg 500 and 590 Shotguns Just Fine Cons One User Had an Issue With the Rail Mount Screws Not Securing Properly Next on the list, we have the best rail for Mossberg 500 shotguns of the 410 caliber. This is the LIRISY Mossberg Picatinny Rail Mount. This is not only compatible with Mossberg 500 shotguns, but it can also be compatible with Mossberg 590 shotguns as well. Either way, you have a good Picatinny rail that will complement your 410. The installation of this is a breeze and can fit your usual accessories. In fact, if you have either a Picatinny or Weaver scope, you can add it on to this rail without any problems. This is a tactical-style mount that is designed for any purpose you see fit with your Mossberg shotgun. This has all the screws and hardware you need to install in a matter of minutes. Once you’re good to go, you’ll have a great, reliable rail that will securely hold your accessories of choice. Bottom Line While it's usually 12 gauges and 20 gauges getting much of the attention, we cannot always forget about the 410. This caliber is just as reliable as the rest of them, especially for a Mossberg 500. The LIRISY Picatinny Rail Mount is a versatile mount that can fit any Mossberg shotgun of the 410 caliber. If that's the kind of shotgun you have, this might be the product you'll want. Don't worry about what you're using your 410 for in terms of application, because this mount, in particular, is good enough for any of them. All you have to is add on your favorite accessories and you're ready to hit the field or the range. Best For 20 Gauge: ​ "Sun Optics Shotgun" " "Saddle Scope Mount" s" CHECK LATEST PRICE Pros Very Durable Easy to Install on Your Mossberg 500 Shotgun Excellent Customer Service From Manufacturer Cons Some Users Have Said the Screws and Allen Wrench Could Be Made From Better Materials For our final Mossberg 500 rail, we’ll be taking a look at the Sun Optics Shotgun Saddle Scope Mount. This is a durable rail style mount that is designed for 20-Gauge Mossberg 500 shotguns. This is a tough as nails mount constructed from high-quality aluminum, making it a super durable addition. Coupled with this, the mount has a black finish to make your shotgun look sharp and ready for battle. You can add on accessories with the greatest of ease using this mount, including scopes designed for either Picatinny or Weaver mounts. Not to mention, this is easy to install on your Mossberg shotgun without any advanced gunsmithing skills. So if you’re looking for something to install in a matter of minutes and be ready to go, the Sun Optics Shotgun Saddle Scope Mount is something you’ll want to fit your 20-gauge perfectly. Bottom Line If you have a 20-gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun, you're probably going to find this mount, in particular, to be close enough to the best rail that will fit. Thankfully like the rest of them, they're durable and easy to install in just minutes. If you have a scope that you're dying to try out with your Mossberg 500, then you can attach it to this rail. So why not give it a better look to see if it's worth the investment? Conclusion Finding the best Mossberg 500 rail can be a challenge. But it doesn't have to be if you know exactly what to look for. Find the rail that best fits your shotgun, your personal preferences or needs, and most importantly, the accessories you currently have for your Mossberg 500. Nothing is more satisfying than adding on a rail to your shotgun that can make it more enjoyable for you to use.

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Unlike Lara Croft, I wasn’t a born marksman (or markswoman, if you like). After 100s of YouTube videos, a few training classes, and several thousand rounds downrange, I’ve made great progress with my pistol shooting. And, although I’m still making improvements on that front, where I’m completely behind is in my long range skill.